MLRC holds training session on housing law for Dublin County Councillors

Nov 2015 Cllr training

As part of MLRC’s work, we provide training in housing law to organisations and individuals working in the field of homelessness. On 19th November 2015, MLRC held an evening training session in housing law for elected Dublin County Councillors and assistants.

Our training session gave practical advice and information, to help the Councillors deal effectively with their constituent’s housing issues.

The outline of the training session was:

    • Casework undertaken by MLRC
    • Background legal principles:

Freedom of information
Data protection
Legal aid
Fair procedures
European Convention on Human Rights

    • Overview of housing law including a review of the law re:

The housing list and priority on the housing list
Homelessness
Rent
Standards of housing and the duty of maintenance
Anti-social behaviour and estate management
Evictions
Equality
Housing/rent supplement/housing assistance payment

  • Case studies

Feedback from attendees was very positive with all noting that the training will make a difference in their work. They noted as particularly useful the training on:

  • General housing law
  • The new eviction procedures
  • Different practices in different local authorities
  • Data protection
  • Ombudsman help
  • The legal basis for procedures
  • Possibility of challenging decisions
  • How MLRC can help constituents

MLRC intends to run another training session for local and national politicians after the general election. If you are interested in organising a training session by MLRC, please contact Shauna on 01 4537459 or at shauna@mercylaw.ie. We would be very happy to hear from you and discuss the training that would be most useful for you.

 

 

 

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